Choosing Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains will ensure lasting beauty and protection for all your exterior wood surfaces. Backed by five generations of experience in oil-based coatings and cutting edge technology, Armstrong Clark Wood Stains will not only meet your wood protection needs but far exceed them.

Determine the square footage area of the surface you plan to stain. On decks be sure not only to measure the floor but also railings, spindles, steps and all areas that you are planning to stain. Armstrong-Clark Deck and Siding Stains will cover approximately 150-200 sq. ft. per gallon depending on age and wood porosity.

The Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions

Armstrong Clark Deck and Siding Stains come in many different colors and tones. Keep in mind that the actual color results can vary depending on the type, age, condition, and porosity of the wood. Color samples are available if needed.

Prior to using any of the Armstrong Clark Wood Stains it is important to prepare the wood surface properly so the stain will perform as expected. See the RAD Wood Cleaner or Stain Stripper products for properly cleaning the wood surface prior to staining.

Allow the wood surface to dry 1-2 days after it has been cleaned and prepped. Be sure no rain is expected on the day of staining and for 3-4 hours after application so the stain can cure properly.

To apply Armstrong Clark Deck Stain you can use a roller, brush, stain pad, or airless sprayer. Mix the stain thoroughly prior to use. Unlike other stains, Armstrong Deck Stain can be applied in direct sunlight and on hot days. If the first application of stain penetrates within 30 minutes another coat can be applied for added protection.

If applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed areas for a more even appearance. After 24 hours use a dry rag to remove any remaining puddles or glossy areas.

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain is environmentally friendly and does not contain an offensive odor. It is easy to apply and very user-friendly. Enhancing the appearance of your deck and giving it lasting protection is the best investment you can make and Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains makes it easy.

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    Roger · 08/24/2020
    i have just sanded deck and will be applying your transparent neutral. Can or should I give it a wet on wet second coat
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    Dakota · 08/21/2020
    Also that light spot is sunshine
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    Dakota · 08/21/2020
    We are wondering if we should do another coat of the driftwood- it soaked in very quickly. We are about 18 hours out.
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      Armstrong · 08/21/2020
      Maybe but make sure the second coat soaks in fully. Do a test spot and see how it dries in a few hours or so.
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    Linda Garnett · 08/18/2020
    When using semi transparent or semi solid, why is a second coat recommended if the stain has a protective barrier?
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      Armstrong · 08/18/2020
      I am not sure what you mean? Seconds coats are needed for older and more absorbent wood to achieve proper uniformity and protection and would be applied wet on wet. It has nothing to do with a "protective" barrier.
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        Linda Garnett · 08/18/2020
        Thanks for the prompt response. How long do I wait after the first coat before applying the second coat?

        Deck is 12 x12 with a 3 x 15 walkway. Don't have a sprayer - can I use a brush or roller?
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          Armstrong · 08/18/2020
          Wet on wet. 20-60 minutes after the first coat. Use a stain pad or brush, not a roller. About 2 gallons for 2 coats. The semi-solids will only need one coat.
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            Linda Garnett · 08/24/2020
            I have a gallon of Behr Wood Cleaner Brightener, Conditioner. Can I use this instead of RAD? How long do I wait before applying stain?
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              Armstrong · 08/24/2020
              No, the Behr is not a good prep. Wait 48 hours after prep to stain.
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                Linda Garnett · 08/27/2020
                I'm ready to start staining the deck. The old paint and stain has been sanded off using 60 grit. Do I have to use the complete 2 step RAD or can I use just the brightner? I'm going to order the semi-solid stain. Will one gallon be enough - deck is 12 x 12, walkway 3 x 15, 4 steps.
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                  Armstrong · 08/27/2020
                  Use both RAD steps if you have them as the stain will soak in better.
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                    Linda Garnett · 09/07/2020
                    Unfortunately my forecast does not have three straight days of sun. Can I clean and brighten o. day, then have rain, wait just one dry day and then apply the stain? Will it be okay if it rains the next day?

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                      Armstrong · 09/07/2020
                      No, 48 hours after prep or rain is needed.
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    Tom · 08/17/2020
    Should I tape off my metal balusters? I’ve got the semi-transparent rustic brown with black balusters. I’m considering spraying the stain which will have a lot of overspray- but I may brush/roll it.
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    Louis Tseng · 08/14/2020
    I have a new IPE deck installed. I would like to use airless sprayer because of the size of deck (1300sf), to be more efficient. Your instructions advice spray and buff with pad. However, you also advice NOT to use spray on IPE with AC hardwood in the Q&A section. Can I spray thin coat and buff with pad?
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    fgmaloziec@chartermi.net · 08/11/2020
    Good afternoon. I stained our deck boards 52 hrs after a rainstorm, last week. I had previously stained the balusters.
    I used Transp. Nat. Tone 1 coat, as recommended. The deck boards in the far left of the pictures soaked in the stain rapidly, within 20-30 min., and appeared dry. They were. The rest of the deck was the same for the entire process. My question is should I wait until spring to put a second coat down, as I have seen in other posts, or now?

    The balusters and rails appear more the color I had hoped for. It is much lighter and I stirred often. See enclosed pics, before and after.

    Thanks
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      Armstrong · 08/11/2020
      We would apply another coat now.
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        fgmaloziec@chartermi.net · 08/12/2020
        Thanks. Will do.
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          fgmaloziec@chartermi.net · 08/12/2020
          Is it due to the color difference, that it dried so quickly, or some other reason? Also would the pigments penetrate the wood so deep I can't see them?
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            Armstrong · 08/12/2020
            It looks like a combo of not prepping as well as you could and not getting enough stain on.
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              fgmaloziec@chartermi.net · 08/13/2020
              Thanks. However, if you look at my thread in the Prepping Instructions, I asked the question about my prep and included the before and after pictures and was told it looked good. I asked about sanding since I wasn't sure. The response was not necessary.

              What further could I have done?
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    CS · 08/11/2020
    How long will a solid deck stain last in the Pacific Northwest on a southern exposure? Is 5-7 years accurate?
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      Armstrong · 08/11/2020
      Armstrong does not come in a solid stain and no stain will last more than a few years on a deck.
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    Robert · 08/09/2020
    I have the 5 gallon stain container that has a metal top. I presume that has to be removed to stir it well. I can’t find a device even online to remove the lid. Any recommendations?
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      Armstrong · 08/09/2020
      Pry up the tabs with a screwdriver.
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    EN · 08/07/2020
    I’ve previously used your semi-transparent cedar colored wood stain on my cedar fence and loved it. I’m currently building a covered patio in my back yard, and though the posts will get wrapped in cedar, there are 2 fairly massive glulam beams (see attached picture) that I also want to stain.

    I believe they are fir, which I’ve been told can be a little blotchy when staining. My question is, can I use a wood conditioner after sanding and before applying your stain? If so, is there one you recommend?

    Follow up question: The very ends of the beams (the part with the curves cut in) are going to be outside of the cover / exposed to the elements. Is there a wax or some other type of seal you would recommend for these areas (especially the end cuts)? I’m hoping to avoid a sheen of any kind...

    Thanks!
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      Armstrong · 08/07/2020
      Hello,

      We did respond to you this AM via email with this:

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      No, you cannot use a wood conditioner first and yes, fir can stain blotchy sometimes. We do not have any wax or end cut sealers. Not sure what would work of if even needed.

      Thanks
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        EN · 08/07/2020
        Ok thanks for letting me know. Would you not recommend your stain for fir glulams or....?
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          Armstrong · 08/07/2020
          It will work but not sure if it will be blotchy on the fir or not.
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    Mmilitana · 08/06/2020
    What type of roller should I use on rough cut lumber? What type on normal smooth pressure treated boards? Is it better to use a sprayer on either? If so what tip? I’m using natural tone.
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      Armstrong · 08/06/2020
      Use an exterior stain pad or brush for both areas. Rollers do not work very well.
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    robr · 08/04/2020
    I have stripped and brightened IPE deck. dried for a few days. when I applied my samples that I ordered, I am at 48 hours plus drying and if I wipe it with a white rag color comes off. It won't fully dry. 100% positive I didn't over apply. I have concerns about using the product now. Do you recommend apply by brush or pad? I used brush, it looks great, it just wont dry fully, color continues to run from the samples.
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      Armstrong · 08/05/2020
      Just one coat on IPE and yes it will dry and cure, just takes time-based on weather and temps. You can also wipe off any excess stain 24 hours after applying to help speed up the curing process.
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    Kevin Bartley · 08/04/2020
    I have an Ipe deck that is partially covered and partially exposed to the weather. Entire deck has been cleaned and brightened with RAD Step 1 and RAD Step 2. Due to high temperatures and constant rain it has now been 4 weeks since Step 2 on the main part of the deck. Using AC for Hardwoods Amber to stain Ipe. Should I perform Step 2 prior to staining?

    I was able to stain railing and trim within 2 weeks of previous Step 2 but have noticed now with all the rain that it is spotted with water marks. How can I fix it and what can prevent it in the future? Thanks.
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      Armstrong · 08/04/2020
      Do a light cleaning and brightener for the prep again before applying to the floors. Not sure what you mean about the watermarks. Can you post a picture?
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    Andy · 08/04/2020
    We're in Philadelphia.
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    Andy · 08/04/2020
    Our deck is pressure treated pine, at least 15 years old, and may have never been stained. It was coated with a lot of dirt and algae, so we brushed it with oxi-clean and detergent and then pressure washed it. One coat of AC semi-transparent natural oak stain soaked in fast and was basically dry within about a half hour. We didn't have enough to do a second coat then, so we ordered more. It's been about a week. If we get enough dry days in a row to have the wood dry out from rain, should we put a second coat on now? We could wait until next year, but then there would be more cleaning to do than if we do it now. It looks good but we just want to make sure it's well protected.
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    FDRoosevelt · 07/31/2020
    We stained a new cedar deck (4 months old) with AC semi-transparent cedar. Unfortunately we forgot the AC instructions to not wipe and used rags to remove any liquid stain soon after application. Deck looks great but now we're concerned about durability of the finish and protection of the wood. It's been 3+ days since application. How may we address this? Apply a second coat now, after 3 days? Wait until next season and apply a maintenance coat?
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      Armstrong · 07/31/2020
      Since it is new wood it will most likely not be able to take another coat now. Best to just wait until next year. Prep again and stain.
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    Jeff Willms · 07/28/2020
    1)How long does the stain have to sit before wiping off?
    2)Do I just do a spot large enough so I can reach the entire spot to wipe off then move and stain another section wipe and continue until done or stain the whole deck, 1000sqft then go back to the beginning and start wiping it off?
    3) does it need to be wiped off?
    4) I am doing two colors dark and lighter which one do I put down first?
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      Armstrong · 07/28/2020
      AC is not a wiping "off" stain. You would only do this if after 24 hours if there is excess that has not cured or dried. You cannot do two different colors on the same wood or boards. There would be no reason as the darker will dominate and could create issues if you do two different colors on the same board.
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        Jeff · 07/28/2020
        Maybe I was unclear with the two different colors. I have two boards wide perimeter and two boards down the center creating four distinct sections. I am doing the boarder and the center dividing boards one color and inside on the four sections the other color. Like the photo shows. This is my deck after I built it two years ago before stain, just washed off with water. I am wanting it to have a similar look after using AC.
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    Greg M. · 07/28/2020
    Stained PT deck yesterday with Rustic Brown semi-trans - love the color. Stain went on well on a sunny day in the low 90’s. Started around 10 AM yesterday, finished around 5:30 PM. No wet spots at all this morning. Questions:

    (1) is it safe to walk on now? It’s been 18-24 hrs.


    (2) When I take a dry white rag and rub a small spot on the surface, I see a VERY faint brown spot on the rag. I assume this is normal and will go away with time?


    (3) Chance of rain later today (24+ hours after staining). Do I need to do anything before it rains, like wipe it down with a dry rag? Again: no wetness at all this morning, and it’s hot and sunny again.

    Thanks,

    Greg M.
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      Armstrong · 07/28/2020
      1. As long as it is dry to the touch.
      2. Yes, it has not cured fully yet.
      3. No, Rain actually will help it to cure and remove any excess stain.
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        Greg M. · 07/31/2020
        Four days since staining, I assume it’s ok to put furniture back on deck?
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          Armstrong · 08/01/2020
          As long as it is cured and dry, yes.
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            Greg M. · 08/01/2020
            It’s definitely dry since it’s been four days since staining. How do I tell if it’s cured?


            Is there a “standard” amount of time to wait after staining before putting furniture back?

            Thanks.
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              Armstrong · 08/01/2020
              You should be fine to put furniture on now.
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    Tina · 07/27/2020
    Thank you.
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    Tina · 07/27/2020
    Planning to stain a 30 year old cedar shingled house. Cedar shakes are in good shape and have been cleaned. Hoping to use transparent cedar tone stain. Is that okay and can it be sprayed on the large areas with little to no trim.?
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      Armstrong · 07/27/2020
      You can spray with an airless sprayer. Also, using the semi-transparent color will give better UV protection.
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    Tom · 07/27/2020
    Hello.

    Just finished staining our 2-tier deck with Semi-solid Woodland. It took about 3 weekends from proper prep to staining. Very pleased with the result. It has been drying now for 3 days thanks to some warm weather and sunshine. We are supposed to get some heavy rain for the next 2 days and I am nervous about the effect on the new stain. Should I cover the deck where I can or do you think the stain will be OK? Like I said, it has had a solid 72 hours to dry so I believe the stain has had time to cure properly. Just don't want to ruin all the hard work. Thanks! Tom
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      Armstrong · 07/27/2020
      The rain will nor harm it and actually will help it. Leave it as is.
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        Tom · 07/27/2020
        Awesome! Thank you!
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    D. Stuart · 07/26/2020
    Greetings,

    We recently had a new pergola built using Rough Redwood Cedar. Do, I still need to use a wood clean product before staining? Also, is it necessary I sand or removed any loose wood particles?


    Thanks
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      Armstrong · 07/26/2020
      If rough sawn you can stain now as long as the wood is Cory and dry. No need to sand.
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        Stuart · 07/27/2020
        Would I still need to use a wood cleaner? The pergola is just a month old.
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    Janis Pace · 07/25/2020
    They just finished 1 coat (that's all I paid for!) but I'm thinking it could take another? I'll need to buy more so 2nd coat won't be immediate. PT deck with no stain for 7yrs. Back deck exposed to strong sun, front deck covered. pics attached. Do we do one more light coat or wait til spring or so?
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      Armstrong · 07/25/2020
      Do it in the Spring.
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        Janis Pace · 07/26/2020
        It also looks to me like they didn't prep it well enough.. the coverage is uneven..I'm thinking I'll need to redo full prep in spring? Should I plan to strip rather than clean, and brighten then? thanks.. love it anyway..
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    Ryan · 07/22/2020
    Using semi- trans natural oak on new cedar garage door panels. I finished applying with a brush about 5-6 hours before some heavy fog rolled in the middle of the night and left some moisture. First time all summer! Does this look like it cured in time? Water is beeding. I’m noticing some areas where I can see the direction I applied the stain with the brush, will that fade with time?
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    Judy Richter · 07/20/2020
    30 yr old redwood, cleaned sanded bare. Tested colors on scrap redwood. chose chestnut, one coat, 2 days ago. it is a very dark purplish color. Any suggestions to lighten other then sanding & starting over? I thought about lightly coating with semi transparent cedar. Any ideas will GREATLY be appreciated....thanks!
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      Armstrong · 07/20/2020
      It is not possible to lighten the color. You would have to remove and start over.
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    Jeff Willms · 07/17/2020
    i am using Semi transparent Amber and Semi transparent Black walnut. after i apply on 3 year old deck one or two coats? It was previously oil stained but no stain visible stain is the surface cleaner and brightener all I need to do after a presser wash? Do I wait 24 hours to wipe down with rags? after the 24 hours with the second coat i can walk on it to wipe it off correct otherwise how do i wipe off the far sections?
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    Kevin Bartley · 07/16/2020
    I have an IPE deck and railing that is partially covered with a roof and partially exposed to direct sun from 11:00 am till sunset. Previously stained with AC for Hardwoods 5 years ago. Have prepped with RAD Step 1 and 2. Finally a forecast with no rain but temps reaching mid-upper 90's. Using AC Stain for Hardwoods in Amber, is it OK to apply in the morning and are there any recommendations considering the high temps? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 07/16/2020
      You can apply in the am when cooler but we do not suggest applying when 90+.
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    ed · 07/14/2020
    CAn i use mineral spirits to clean my mahogany porch (after sanding) to prep for staining?
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    Paul · 07/14/2020
    Used semi-trans cedar on 10 year old pressure treated deck. Just power washed - no cleaner brightener or sanding .Had to postpone treatment several times due to weather. Worth the wait - came out really nice. About 2000sf 9 gallons used - roller and rag on railing & balusters. Photos of work in progress
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    RICHARD NEAL · 07/14/2020
    follow up picture from R. Neal 7-14